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MoBay takes to 'All White'

Published:Friday | July 26, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Junior Taylor (left), associate producer of Sumfest, Erin Mitchell (second left), Red Stripe brand manager, Joey Hylton (second right), and Toni Ann Reid, deputy brand manager at Red Stripe, at the Reggae Sumfest-endorsed All White Party at Pier One, Montego Bay, on Tuesday.
Abigail James at the Pier One party. - Photos by Mark Titus

Mark Titus, Gleaner Writer

Western Bureau:

It was indeed an all-white affair at Pier One, Montego Bay, St James, on Monday night, as even the vendors who lined the driveway leading to the Reggae Sumfest-endorsed All White Party adhered to the event's colour code.

At 11:30 p.m. Montego Bay's ace selector DJ Kentucky, who was supercharged for the event, had the growing crowd bouncing to the pulsating Joyride riddim, with selections from Lady Saw, Tanya Stephens, Beenie Man, and Silver Cat.

If the youngsters had a ball with the Joyride, it was the older patrons' turn in the spotlight when DJ Kentucky unleashed songs like Chakademus and Pliers' Murder She Wrote, You Sexy Thing by Jack Radics and Beenie Man's Romie, as they took to the dance floor in droves.

Had an unsuspecting patron walked in at that time, they could well have been fooled into believing they were at a retro event instead of an all-white affair.

When DJ Kentucky made way for DJ Narity, it was a seamless transition, as the heavily reggae-flavoured songs continued to hold sway until he gradually shifted gears, filling the venue with the sound of calypso music. This was much to the delight of the gyrating females, who could not get enough of the excitement.

After a while, the witty DJ Narity again changed gears, whipping up fresh excitement as he had the venue rocking, 'Gangnam style', causing all and sundry to go wild.

When DJ Kentucky returned, it was with a vengeance, as he again whipped the crowd into another phase of musical frenzy, using R&B selections from the likes of Usher, Neyo and Rihanna to set a dazzling pace.

When he reeled off the popular dance song Macarena, both the older and more youthful patrons went wild, unleashing dance moves to match their energy levels.

Later in the party, hard-core dancehall fans came in for a treat.

At 3:40 a.m, patrons were still pouring into the jam-packed venue, anxious and eager to grab their share of the all-white excitement.